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Publication numberUS1871247 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 9, 1932
Filing dateNov 27, 1931
Priority dateNov 27, 1931
Publication numberUS 1871247 A, US 1871247A, US-A-1871247, US1871247 A, US1871247A
InventorsTrost Henry
Original AssigneeTrost Henry
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 1871247 A
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Patented Aug. 9, iesz r I 5,871,24?

' HENRY TRUST, F U NION CITY, NEW JERSEY This invention relates to a game played (Z to designate these sections as honor sections, with cards or blocks and a game board if dethe feature of which will be later set forth. sired on which the cards or blocks are placed, Ialso provide a plurality of game pieces 0 and for the purpose of description, the game which may be formed of-blocks or cards, upon will be called Math-e2. The object of the one face of which is arranged the numerals invention is to provide a game which may be to 19 inclusive. The blocks or cards havplayed by two or more persons, and in which 111g the numerals 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, a predetermined number of cards or blocks 15 and 49 are also characterized by two circles are employed and played upon a table or enclosing said numerals as indicated at f on game board in accordance with the methods the cards 5 and 4-9 shown in Fig. 2. In of play hereinafter set forth'so as to amuse eluded with the game pieces is a block or card and entertain both young and old as well as 62 designated by the word cheater as indibeing educational, and to be so attractive as cated' at f2. The block or card 02 constitutes to maintain long interest in the game; a fura Wild card, which may be played upon any ther object being to provide a game of the one of the sections of the gameboard as later class described which is simple and economiset forth. cal in construction and which is constructed In Fig. 3 of the drawing, I have shown at as hereinafter described and claimed. 9 one game piece in the form of a block or I The invention is fully disclosed in the folcard of a complete series of game pieces charlowing specification, of which the accomacterized the same as the game pieces indim panying drawing forms a. part, in which the cated in Fig. 2 of the drawing, and including separate parts of my improvement are d'esiganother symbol or character such as indinated by suitable reference character in each cated at '71,, which may be the representation of the views, and in which: of a pig. At this time, it will be understood Fig. 1 is a plan view of the gameboard that each block or card in the complete series made according to my invention. of game pieces may have a different symbol Fig. 2 is a view representing the several or character such as the character it or each cards or blocks employed in playing the horizontal or vertical row may have symbols game, certain of the cards or blocks being ex- 01 marks of the same character other than 38 tended to represent a number of the different the numerals and the word cheater applied b values or characters thereon; and, thereto. 7 p

F 1g. 3 is a plan view of the blocks or cards At this time, 1t will also be understood that of amodificd form of game pieces. my lIlVGIltlOl'l' is not l1m1ted to the speclfic For the purpose of illustrating one form arrangement of the gameboard herein shown of the invention, I have shown in Fig. 1 of and described, nor to the number of game the drawing a gameboard a divided by horipieces employed, and the same results may Zontal lines band vertical lines 0 into seven be accomplished by an increased or decreased horizontal rows and seven vertical rows of number of game pieces and the correspondgame sections, bearing in the construction ing increase and decrease in the arrangement 49 shown, the numerals 1 to 49. inclusive, the 0f, the sections on the gameboard, the distinc- 9 first section at the upper lef hand corner of tive characteristics of my invention residing the gameboard being numbered 1, and the in the manner of playing'the game pieces on numbers continuing consecutively in the a table or a gameboard regardless of the horizontal rows, the first row endingwith number of game pieces employed and the the number 7, the next row beginning with corresponding number of sections. It will the number 8 and ending with the number 14, also be understood that more than one etc, throughout the gameboard. The seccheater card may be employed in acomplete tions having the numerals 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, series of game pieces, and this is especially 30, 35, 40, i5 and as include other marks, important when more than two or three 50 such for example as the double circular lines players are engaged in playing the game,.and

, later described, the next player in turn must play a card or block in a section bordering V the section occupied by the first card played.

For example, if the card lO were the first card played, the next player must play one of the cards 3, 9, 11, 17, or the play will continue to the player who is able to play one of the cards 3, 9, 11 or 17. g 16 and 18 are not regarded as bordering the section 10; and the remainder of the play in the game continues along this fundamental rule.

To illustrate one set of fundamental rules in playing a game, which as above stated may be varied, I submit the following. If cards are employed, the sameare shuflied in the usual manner of other card games, and five cards are dealt to each player, one at a time in a clockwise direction. with respect to the dealer. If blocks are employed, they are all turned face downward upon the table and shuttled, and five blocks are drawn by each player. The remaining cards areplaeed in a stack or. pile on a table adjacent the gameboard, or the blocks are left face downward so that they may be drawn one at a time. 7

After the cards have been dealt out, the player having the card of lowest value plays first That is to say, if one of the players has card number 1, this card is played upon the section-of the gameboard bearing the numeral 1, and the next player to the left has the next turn. This player must have card number 2 or card number 8 in order to play. If he does not have either of these cards. in his hand, he draws one-card from the pile. If this card drawn is a 2 or 8, he plays the same in the section of like value. If he does not draw one of these cards, the play passed to the next player in turn, etc.,-each player drawing one card and then passing until one of the players. plays one of the cards 2 or 8. Let us say, for example, that card 2 is played. The next player must then have card number 3, 8 or 9 in order to play, and the play continues ,until one of these cards has been played. At all times, one card is drawn by each player who'is unable to play. Let us say, for example, that the next card played is the card 9. The next player has the option of playing cards 3, 8, 10 or 16, and the game will continue until one of the players has played all of the cards from his hand. To give another illustratiomlet us say that the lowest card held by any of the players playing the game, in the five cards dealt to them, is the card 11 and this is the The sections 2, l,-

first card played. The next player to the left of the player playing the card 11, has the 'option. of playing cards 4, 10, 12 or 18, the four sections which border section 11 on the gameboard. Should the second card played in the manner above set out, be the card 18, then the next player has the option ofplaying t, 10, 12, 17, 19 or 25.

' One method of scoring the game will be as follows. The player playing the card on any onset the sections 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30,

35, i0, 45 and 4:9 obtains in points the value designated by the section played, with the exception of the section l9 which has a, point value of 50, in order to keep the score in multiplesof five and to avoid uneven numhere. By this I mean, that a player playing for example card 25, obtains twenty five points, etc. 'Othe'rpoints are scored by the completion of any horizontal or vertical row.

For example, suppose all of the cards 8, 9,

10, 12, 13 and 14 have been played, and the next player plays the card 11, he will receive ten points for completing the horizontal row beginning with the character 8. At the same time, should the card 11 complete the vertical row headed by the numeral 4, he would receive ten additional points, or if the card 11 merely completed the vertical row and not the horizontal row, he would only receive ten points. The player playingthe last ofhis cards first, will receive five points for each card held by his opponent or opponents.

The play of the cheater card or cards if two or more of them are employed in the series of game pieces, is for the purpose of a player stopping an opponent or opponents from collecting honor values or points, especially of the higher denominations, and this card is played preferably near the end of the game, or when only a few cards are held bythe players.

To give an example of this play, let us assume that card 48 has been played by one of the players, and the next player holds the cheater or one of the cheaters and is of the opinion that one of his opponents has card d9. It would then be advisable to place the cheater on the section 49 of the gameboard which prevents the opponent from collecting the 50 point value, and at the same time, he will stop th player holding the card 49 from winning the game. i Y ing the cheater for a late play in the game is due to the fact that several cards may still remain in the stack upon the table, and the party having played the cheater too early in the game, may ultimately draw the cardcor The importance of hold- After completing one game, the cards are all removed from the gameboard and shuflied and redealt for another game, and the play continues game after game, the score being'kept until it is decided to discontinue play, or if desired, a certain number of points suchas a thousand may constitute the completion of a series of games, and another series may be played todetermine another winner. 7 r V i The inclusion of the additional markings as indicated at h in Fig. 8 of the drawing to the cards, and to the gameboard as well, will bring other interest to the game, especially for small children so that the game will become educational as well as entertaining. These characters may be arranged in such manner as to have different kinds of animals appear in the horizontal and vertical rows,

or symbols or marks of any other kind and class, such for example, as different colors. It will also be apparent that other honor values may be incorporated bothon the gameboard and game pieces and in no way do I restrict myself to the many possible deviations'in the method of characterizing the board and cards and the computation of the honor scores or counts.

In playing the game, the object of each player will be to so play the cards held in a hand as to prevent the other player from playing, and compel hisopponent or opponents to draw other cards from the stack on the table, and at the same time to collect as many of the honor values as possible. All players have the object of obtaining the highest values appearing on the board and to play the cards so as to lead up to the sections bordering the high honor sections of the gameboard. With careful study and after experience in the playing of the game, it will be found that the same is veryscientific and of constant interest, in that the game never starts at the same position on the gameboard, nor is the progress of playing, the same, regardless of the point of starting.

In this connection, from thesection 1 of the game board, the progress .of the game may be downward along the section 8, 15, etc. or may be horizontal along the'sections 1, 2 and 3; and while moving horizontally or vertically, the game may suddenly change its course and move downwardly or upwardly on the board, as will be apparent.

My game may also be played without the use of a gameboard by simply providing a mathematical rule which will govern the playing of the cards on a table or other support. The rule will be that the cards are played bordering the first and successive cards played by placing a card to the left of the card played, having a value one less than the value of the played card, and by placing a card to the right of one greater value than the played card; whereas the card placed above the first card played will be, in the illustration given, seven points less than said first card, and the card placed be-' low will be seven points greater. For example, if the first card played be the card 9, the card played to theleft of this card must be 8, and to-the right of the card 9, the card 10 must be played, the card above, 2, and the card below, 16. In like manner, all successive cards played will have increased or decreased values onthe basis of one and seven; As a further example, let us suppose the card '16 was placed below thecard 9. Thecardsl5pand 17 must border 16 on'the left and .right respectively, and the card 23 will be placed beneath .16.

In this method of playing the game, there Will be times when one card may have two different possible plays on the table and it will be at the option of the player to play the card in any desired position. The cheater card or cards will be played as in the other game. It will also. be apparent that a rule may be given which will compel the players to play the cards to the right of the cards bearing the values 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 36 and 43 and to the left of the cards bearing the values 7, 14, 21, 28, 35, 42 and 49 so that the resulting arrangement of the cards on the table will be similar to that of the arrangement of thegameboard shown in Fig. 1 assuming that forty-nine cards are used and seven is the value of the added or subtracted figure. Y 7 It will also be apparent that by employing a greater or less number of playing cards or game pieces, the value of the added or subtracted figure may be increased or decreased. For example, a series of five may be employed, wherein five points are subtracted in placing a card above a previously played card and five points added in placing a card therebelow. It will thus be apparent that my game is no't'restricted to any square arrangment of the game pieces with respect to each other, and in fact that this would also be true of the gameboard ifone is employed, as the arrangement of the numbered. sections maybe of any desired design on the gameboard.

It will, also be understood that with a given number of cards or blocks ina game, it is not absolutely essential to use a number for addi tion and subtraction in a series consistent with the'number of cards employed, such for example as the numeral 7 above illustrated, as any other number may be used, and these numbers may be changed from time to time so as to constantly vary the mathematical equation, thus increasing the value of the game and helping the player to compute the additions and subtractions of a given numher with respect to other numbers and series of numbers making up a given game.- If desired, these series maybe worked in hundreds, or further, the lowest card value may be and terminate at 100 or 150, etc.

t will also be understood that the game sive,acheater game piece in addition to said first-named game pieces adapted to'be played on one of the sections of said game board and may be played with chips or counters of vahaving a distinguishing value, and means on rious kinds and classes instead ofikeeping a score on a score pad, and as previously stated, the game may be played with any desired number of sections on the gameboard and with any'desired number of cards or blocks, and in like manner, with one or more so-called cheater cards or blocks which may be otherwise termed jokers or stop cards. Various other changes in and modifications of the game herein shown and described as well as in the method of playing the same may be made Within the scope of the append ed claims without departing from the spirit of my invention or sacrificing its advantages;

Having fully described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is: v I

. 1. A game of the class described comprising a game board having a plurality of sections thereon said sections being numbered in series to distinguish the sections one from the other, an equal number of game pieces having a corresponding series of numbers adapted to be consecutively placed onthe game board on sections bordering a section or a number of sections on which game pieces have previously-been played, and an additlonal game piece characterized in a manner fconstrasting to the numerals of the other game pieces to distinguish the same therefrom. r 7

2. A game of the class described comprising a game board having a plurality of sections thereon, said sections being numbered predetermined game pieces to distinguish the samefrom other game pieces and to givepredetermined honor values thereto.

In testimony that I claim the foregoing a myfiinvention I have signed my name this 25th day of November H 7 HENRY TROST;

in series to'distinguish the sections one from 40 the other, an equal number of game pieces having a corresponding series of numbers adapted'to be consecutively placed on the game board on sections bordering a section or a number of sections on which game pieces havepreviously been played, an additional game piece characterized in a manner contrasting to the numerals of the other game pieces to distinguish the same therefrom, and means for characterizing the numerals of Y predtermined game pieces to give honor value thereto as said game'pieces are played. 3. In a game employing a game board hav ing forty-nine ad acent sections on which are arranged the numerals 1 to 49 inclusive, forty-nine game pieces upon which are-arranged separately the numerals- 1 to 49 inclusive, and a cheater game piece in addition to said first-named game pieces'adapted to be played on one of the sections of said game board and having a distinguishing value.

{1. In a game employing a game board having forty-nine ad aCent sections on which are arranged the numerals 1 to 49 inclusive forty-nine game pieces upon which are arranged separately the numerals 1 to 49 inclu-

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U.S. Classification273/271, 273/292
International ClassificationA63F3/02
Cooperative ClassificationA63F3/00895
European ClassificationA63F3/00Q